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June 05, 2015

2015 Europe, June 4: Amsterdam

The Orchestra left Vienna in the morning for the quick two-hour flight to Amsterdam and the next stop on the tour. French horn player Shelley Showers takes a quick snapshot upon arriving at Schiphol Airport. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 03, 2015

2015 Europe, June 2: Vienna

It’s been quite warm in Vienna but that hasn’t stopped musicians from enjoying the city in the few hours they had before the evening’s concert. Cellist Robert Cafaro and his wife, Teresa, rented bikes and enjoyed the many bike lanes found through the city. Here they’re discovered at the inner courtyard of the Hofburg, the imperial palace complex. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 02, 2015

TOUR ALERT! Listen Live from Amsterdam

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s June 4 concert in Amsterdam at the Royal Concertgebouw will be broadcast live on Radio 4 across the Netherlands. The performance, with Yannick conducting, will be Nico Muhly’s Mixed Messages, a Philadelphia Orchestra commission given its world premiere last month in Philadelphia; Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 with Lisa Batiashvili; and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No.

June 02, 2015

2015 Europe, June 1: Vienna

The tour party left Paris in the morning for the two-hour flight to Vienna, where the Orchestra gives two concerts at the Musikverein. In every city on the tour the Orchestra’s stage personnel work with local crews to efficiently and safely load in (and load out) all the Orchestra’s trunks and other equipment. Photo by Jan Regan.

June 01, 2015

2015 Europe, May 31: Paris

A rainy day did not discourage Orchestra members from enjoying a free day in Paris on their day off. Some made plans for a trip to Giverny and the gardens that so inspired Impressionist Claude Monet. Some had planned far ahead and purchased tickets to the French Open, which offered exciting play despite a rain delay. Others enjoyed cafés or special dinners with colleagues and friends they know who live here. For one group of musicians, it was an early morning and a 13.1 mile run in the Paris Saint- Germain-en-Laye Half Marathon.  

May 31, 2015

2015 Europe, May 30: Lyon and Paris

While some members of the Orchestra departed for Paris by train in the morning, a group of musicians performed 'pop-up' concerts in Lyon. Associate Concertmaster Juliette Kang, violinist Paul Arnold, Principal Cello Hai-Ye Ni, and violist Che-Hung Chen perform at the Place Louis Pradel, which connects the city center, the Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) and the Place des Terreaux, with the Rhône River. Pradel was the mayor of Lyon in the 1950s. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 30, 2015

2015 Europe, May 29: Dortmund to Lyon

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin celebrates the Orchestra’s arrival in Lyon with an all-inclusive selfie while still on the airplane. Photo by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. 

May 29, 2015

The Philadelphia Orchestra on Tour—More than Music

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s first European tour under Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is a smashing success. Critics and audiences alike in Luxembourg, Cologne, Dresden, Berlin, and Dortmund have been reveling in the Philadelphians’ legendary sound and electric performing style. And there’s more to come in Lyon, Paris, Vienna, and Amsterdam before they wrap up in London in June.

May 29, 2015

2015 Europe, May 28: Dortmund

Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin is the Konzerthaus Dortmund’s artist-in-residence, ergo: The Yannick Lounge. This space is located on the top floor of the hall, and is filled with images of Yannick. Curious about the fencing imagery you see? Click here for the explanation. Photo by Jan Regan.

May 28, 2015

2015 Europe, May 27: Dortmund

On Wednesday, May 27, the Orchestra traveled by train from Berlin to Dortmund, where Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin became the Konzerthaus’s artist-in-residence at the beginning of the 2013-14 season. Since the venue opened in 2002, it has served as the home of the Dortmund Philharmonic. Photo by Jan Regan.